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The Venet Foundation Celebrates Five Years with the Works of Yves Klein and Bernar Venet

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On the occasion of its fifth anniversary, the Venet Foundation (home to the collection of artist Bernar Venet) in Le Muy, France is presenting this summer several permanent additions to its sculpture garden and “Pure Pigment,” an exhibition of Yves Klein.

Reaching across more than 12 acres to date, the foundation’s sculpture garden has expanded each year to feature one new artist, as well as new works by Bernar Venet himself. This summer’s additions to the garden—which is home to the works of artists like Frank Stella and James Turrell—includes Venet’s monumental work, Effondrement.

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Installation view of a work by Larry Bell
Photo by Stefan Keil

“Pure Pigment” (on view through September 14) is a celebratory exhibition coinciding with the late French artist’s 90th birthday that features an expansive display of Klein’s brilliant pigments applied directly to the floor. Spanning over 200 square meters of the indoor gallery, “Pure Pigment” is reminiscent of Klein’s installation of the same name from 1957, which was considered to be a new prototype for art that extended horizontally into space.

Klein is best known for his works IKB (International Klein Blue), an electric blue pigment he had patented in the 1960s, and Monotone-Silence Symphony—a performance consisting of a single note sustained for 20 minutes followed by 20 minutes of silence.

Venet Foundation

Sculpture by Bernar Venet
Photo by Stefan Keil

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